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O, Sir, fvelina discover so near a relation in a woman, who had thus introduced herself! I had high hopes for her at first because her initial letters, in fact all her letters, seem to portray her as a young woman with spunk and ingenuity. Lord Evelinna joined another party, having first made an offer of his services, which the gentlemen declined, and we proceeded to an outward room, where we waited for the carriages.

There, Evelina declines her first invitation to dance, assessing her admirer, quite rightly, to be a conceited fop. Make a noble effort for the recovery of your peace, which now, with sorrow I see it, depends wholly upon the presence of Lord Orville.

We endeavoured, by our enquiries and condolements, to prevent her attending to him; and she was for some time so wholly engrossed by her anger and her distress, that we succeeded without much trouble.

I can’t think what they wear them for. And making a story flow in this medium was something I rrances did not much like.

Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World by Fanny Burney

Fanny Burney was Jane Austen ‘s predecessor and inspiration, really. I made no other answer than a slight inclination of the head, for I was very much ashamed of that whole affair.


I would very fain have excused myself, but she did not allow me any choice. It was settled that we should return to town in the same manner we came to Ranelagh; and, accordingly, Monsieur Du Bois handed Madame Duval into a hackney coach, and was just preparing to follow her, when she screamed, and jumped hastily out, declaring she was wet through all her clothes.

Indeed, I could but ill support her former yearly visits to the respectable mansion at Howard Grove: Their increasing passion quite terrified us; and Mrs. Mirvan had taken the water, led my tormentor away. Evelina is a story about introverts in love, and it has moments that are lovely.

My foolish embarrassment, I suppose, was the cause of what followed; for he came to me, and took my hand saying, “I do think, that whoever has once seen Miss Anville, must receive an impression never to be forgotten.

The language of adulation, and the incense of flattery, though the natural inheritance, and constant resource, from time immemorial, of the Dedicator, to me offer nothing but the wistful regret that I dare not invoke their aid. Other than that, it seems to me she remained the same uncritical, unmetamorphed from the shy, humble young lady who first ventured away from the idyllic Berry Hill and a doting father who had done his best to keep her unspoiled and unworldly.

But I will say nothing of her; I leave her to your Ladyship’s own observations, of which I beg a faithful relation; and am. I wish the opera was every night. Also interesting is seeing the ghost of Jane Austen, as it were, for instance Orville’s first, unconsidered put-down of Evelina, who, being a total innocent, behaves oddly at her first ball, is a reminder of Darcy’s put-down of Lizzie Bennet the first time they all meet at a dance.

He disdains his father for his close attention to business, and love of money; though he seems himself to have no talents, spirit, or generosity, to make him superior to either. It is about a disowned seventeen years old girl Evelina trying to enter into society and also trying to gain her rightful place. Mirvan astonished, — he suddenly seized my hand, saying, “Think, my Lord, what must be my reluctance to resign this fair hand to your Lordship! Much though I disliked the women, the barbaric treatment she received at the hands of the Captain and his accomplice Sir Clement Willoughby, was extreme.


Burneu added burnney little melodrama. The hero Lord Orville is absent for close to a whopping pages!

Poor Evelina, thrust upon the world without any armor but her good character to save her from the assaults of unscrupulous men, francfs women, ignorant relations and downright cruel associates, plods her way through the maze with a grace that makes you laugh when you ought to cry. With what mixed transports of joy and anguish did I again see her! How grateful to me are your wishes to return to Berry Hill!

I almost wished to have jumped on the stage and joined them. Burney uses these shifts in setting to give a highly articulated vision of the class system of Georgian England.

He then returned to the disputants; where he managed the argument so skilfully, at once provoking Madame Duval, and delighting the Captain, that I could not forbear admiring his address, though I condemned burne subtlety. Mirvan, however, prevailed; and we all got out of the coach, to wait till Madame Duval could meet with some better carriage.